Thursday 18 January 2018

Way to go

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland Discoverer 74; downloadable map/ instructions at discover

TRAVEL: M8 Jct 12 to Mitchelstown; R513 towards Kilfinane; in 2km, R513 ('Ballylanders'); in 4km, right to Anglesboro. Park at trailhead -- Community Centre car park on right.

WALK DIRECTIONS: Ahead past Galtee View pub and Lane's shop. Follow road ('Paradise Hill Loop'; green arrows/GA).

In 1.5km, opposite farmhouse on left with green corrugated gates and buildings, fork right through gate (GA) up zigzag track.

On 2nd left bend, ahead up hedge (GA). Over ladder stile at top; right along forest path, ascending to a summit, then descending.

Below Temple Hill, right (GA); in 100m, right (GA) on stony track.

In 1.5km, Benard Loop turns right (purple arrow), but keep ahead here ('Paradise Hill', GA).

In 400m, left (PA, GA) on stony track up to summit and on down.

In 1.5km, on left bend, cross stile (GA) onto open mountain. Left downhill beside fence.

At bottom, left over stile (GA); right along track; retrace outward course to Anglesboro.

LENGTH: 12.5km/7½ miles -- allow three to four hours.

GRADE: Moderate.

DON'T MISS: View from Temple Hill north-east up Glen of Aherlow; view south over Mitchelstown and Knockaceol, and west to the Ballyhouras.

REFRESHMENTS: Picnic (from Lane's shop, Anglesboro); drink at Galtee View pub, Anglesboro.

BEST PICNIC SPOT: Slopes of An Teampaillin.

ACCOMMODATION: Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Tel: 063 31200; From €75 double B&B.

GUIDE LEAFLETS: National Loop cards from Ballyhoura Failte TIC, Main Street, Kilfinane. Tel: 063 91300.

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